General Education Programs

Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC)

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About Us

Part of NASA's Deep Space Network. Provides two-way communication with unmanned, interplanetary spacecraft that are exploring our solar system. Hosts displays, models and films. Moon Rock cafe.

You'll find Moon rock and models, movies and more when you visit Canberra Space Centre, just 45 minutes from the city of Canberra.

Located on the grounds of the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex at Tidbinbilla, about 35 km south-west of Australia's capital city, you’ll find Canberra Space Centre

Three female school students looking at a mannequin in a NASA space suit in the foreground, models of space shuttles in the background

Get up close to the far reaches of space at Canberra Space Centre.

Take a look at the space exploration exhibitions

See a piece of the Moon that's over 3.8 billion years old, discover the foods that astronauts eat, check out spacecraft models and memorabilia, and more, in the centre’s space exploration exhibitions. Or watch a movie on the history and future of space exploration in one of the centre’s two audio-visual theatres.

Enjoy the spectacular views

Set in the beautiful Tidbinbilla valley, the 70-m antenna and three 34-m antennas that are used to track spacecraft make an impressive sight. The complex is also home to several antennas that have been decommissioned, including the 26-m antenna originally located at Honeysuckle Creek that returned the first images of the Apollo 11 Moon walk in 1969.

Relax in the Moon Rock Café and more

The Moon Rock Café and gift shop are open from 9 am to 4 pm for snacks and meals, plus great coffee. There is a playground for kids, and picnic areas to enjoy.

Other regional attractions

The centre can be easily accessed via the route known as Tourist Drive 5, a 73-kilometre loop taking you through the beautiful Tidbinbilla valley. Other highlights along the route include:

  • Parliament House
  • Royal Australian Mint
  • Mt Stromlo Observatory
  • Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Join the Canberra Space Centre education programs

School and public groups are invited to come and learn about the amazing work being done by Australians, and the incredible missions that are revealing the secrets of the Universe. The Canberra Space Centre is a unique and informative learning environment for students of all ages. Bookings are essential for school and large groups.

Information Line: 6201 7880

Quick Facts About The Region

Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) is located in the council of Canberra and the federal electorate of Canberra.